Thinking about publishing your own book?

ccw_banner_12012016Thinking about publishing your own book?

Learn why self-publishing can be an effective way to get your fiction or nonfiction book out to readers – and how the process works!

Featuring keynote speaker Hallee Bridgeman (popular novelist and cookbook author) and workshops on:

· The craft of writing
· The logistical details of publishing
· The marketing process.

Plus, you can participate in targeted group coaching sessions, so you can leave the conference with a firm plan of where to go from here.

Price (including lunch) for nonmembers:
· Early Bird (through Dec.31) $60

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“Self-publishing isn’t easy, but it’s fun and sometimes even lucrative. Plus, your book could change the world.” – Guy Kawasaki, co-author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book

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Open Letter to Our President Elect, Donald Trump

roses-001Open Letter to Our President Elect, Donald Trump

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Congratulations on winning a unique and difficult election campaign. You are now to become the 45th President of the United States and spokesman for the free world, all of it. May God be with you and bless you so that you may bless many others.

I voted for you.  Your appeals to the 80 percent of Americans left behind economically over the past 30 years impressed me.  I am convinced that your policies will benefit economically vulnerable groups, like blacks, Hispanics, young people, and women, more than those who practiced identity politics and mainly concern themselves with the affluent members of those same groups. Still, harsh language hurts and I am the only member of my own household to offer you a vote.

My prayer for you is that you will learn to listen, especially to your critics. The president’s job is undoable without the support of many, many helpers. God gave us two ears, but only one mouth, for a reason: Listen. Listen patiently. Listen until it hurts.

Start by listening to God. Begin and end the day in prayer in the privacy of your home. Pray for understanding; pray while you are eating; pray while you are working out; pray while you are deliberating; pray for those you do not understand; pray with your family. As president, the one person who you can always trust is God—look to Christ for your example; ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, protection, and peace.

Listen to those who have gone before you. Invite the living presidents to Camp David on a regular basis for quiet time and reflection. Ask their guidance; apply it when appropriate; gain their trust; and ask for their support.

Listen to other leaders. Invite the Mexican president to the White House as your first foreign visitor and ask his advice on how to deal with immigration and drug trafficking. Invite congressional leaders of both parties to meet with you on a regular basis and let them know that you want them to call you.

Listen to the American people. Appoint a diverse cabinet. Follow Reagan’s lead and delegate responsibility to leave time to focus on key priorities. Take Lincoln’s lead and invite your most able critics into your administration to learn from them and give them a reason to support you. Vanquish your enemies by making them your friends.

May God be with you and bless you so that you may bless many others.

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La Promoción con Kindle Termina esta Semana

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Ahora tenemos una “Publica Con Kindle Promoción”  que termina el próximo 31 de octubre.

T2Pneuma Publishers LLC tiene dos libros que participa en esta promoción:

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Kindle has an online promotion until October 31, 2016 for titles in Spanish.

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Aparición Especial en Radio Vida Mañana (Special Guest on Radio Vida on Tuesday Evening): Stephen W. Hiemstra

Martinez_family_05212016.pdfMañana es un buen tiempo a visitar a Radio Vida. Voy a hacer una aparición especial y voy a enfocar de aspectos de mi nuevo libro, La Vida en Tensión.

(Tomorrow is a good evening to check out Radio Vida. I will be a special guest and will be talking about aspects of my new book, Life in Tension.)

Please join us.

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Radio Vida VA 97.7 FM los martes a las 8:30 p.m. hasta 9:30 p.m. EST (toca)

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Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra Celebrates a Third Anniversary

By Stephen W. Hiemstra celebrated entry into its fourth year of existence here in October. In September 2013, I finished a draft of A Christian Guide to Spirituality, my first published book and I decided to become more active in an author’s club, Capital Christian Writers.[1] The presenter in the September meeting made a compelling case for why authors needed to blog on a regular basis and I took her advice to heart.

Blogging made sense to me because during seminary I wrote a newsletter for three separate lists of friends and family and it seemed logical to migrate these lists to one common forum. It was a great idea, but it mostly did not work because email readers are not necessarily blog readers (or vice versa). This insight motivated a recent upgrade in my newsletter format. (BTW. Sign up for the newsletter and get a free pray book; [2])

Blogging also made sense to me because I loved to write. Writing is how I explain life to myself. Dr Jim Shaffer at Michigan State University used to describe this process as “writing myself out.” Life can be confusing—reflection and analysis are required. Self-delusion is so much harder when you “write yourself out.” Blogging is a accordingly form of journaling or even a kind of self-administrated therapy. When you are more honest with yourself, life is a bit less confusing and it makes it easier to be honest with other people.

Blogging with a theme of online pastor comes naturally for me, in part, because I strive to serve my readers, even if I get to pick the topics. I serve my readers through sharing prayers, reviews, and reflections. The topics hang together as my reflections have morphed into first drafts of published books over the past several years, in part, because I have an outline in mind as I write. For example, my current writing project, entitled Called Along the Way, is a memoir which loosely follows my aging process through the years. My reviews and prayers often dovetail with my own faith journey and often contribute directly to themes in my writing projects. Pastors normally live life out in full view of their congregations so my writing fits the usual pattern.

My most popular posts over the past several years are given in the table at the bottom of this post. Obvious from the list is the popularity of my book reviews and especially some of the more technical reviews. The most popular post reviewed, for example, is a leadership-in-missions text:

James E. Plueddemann.  2009.  Leading Across Cultures:  Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church.  Downers Grove:  IVP Academic.

When I wrote this review, I did not expect anyone would be interested, as this was a book that I read in seminary. Because many of the other popular reviews are likewise of highly technical seminary-style texts, I can only conclude that pastors, seminarians, and missionaries are prominent among my readers—and that’s okay!

This focus on reviews fits well into my theology. Back in 2013 I wrote a post— Books, Films, and Ministry  —where I talked about the role of gift books and reviews in evangelism. Reviews make books more accessible; books make deep dives into our faith more accessible. As pastors and Christians more generally we strive to make the Gospel more readily accessible to those we know and love. Hopefully, has helped you in this process.

If any of my thoughts here make any sense to you, please post a comment and let me know.  In particular, let me know what aspects of my writing have been most helpful and meaningful to you.  Thanks for hanging out on!






Plueddemann Demystified Leadership Across Culture




Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 2




Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 3




Turansky and Miller: Hope and Guidance for Parents




Heifetz and Linsky Lead through Adversity




Vote on a Book Cover for A Christian Guide to Spirituality




Martinez Family Ministry: OASIS Mission in Manassas Virginia




Metaxas: Bonhoeffer’s Times and Ours




Sabbath Rest as Cultural Firewall by Brueggemann






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T2Pneuma Releases “Life in Tension” in Paperback and Kindle

Life_in_Tension_webT2Pneuma Releases “Life in Tension” in Paperback and Kindle.

CONTACT: Stephen W. Hiemstra, author, T2Pneuma Publishers LLC (, Centreville, VA 703-973-8898 (M),

CENTREVILLE, VA, 8/27/2016: Life in Tension: Reflections on the Beatitudes by Stephen W. Hiemstra is now available in both paperback (978–1942199045) and Kindle (978-1942199052; ASIN: B01KW0ICY8) on according to T2Pneuma Publishers LLC of Centreville, Virginia. Details available at


When God comes into our lives, we change.

Our new identity is in Christ comes into tension with our old identity in ourselves as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts and minds. This tension arises between who we were and who God created us to be, between us and God, and between us and those around us. The Apostle Paul calls the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives sanctification.

Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Life in Tension reflects on Jesus’ Beatitudes in the context of scripture.  The Beatitudes serve as an introduction to the Sermon on the Mount and lay out Jesus’ priorities in teaching his disciples. Because the sermon serves as a kind of ordination service for the Apostles, the importance of the Beatitudes for the early church, Christian spirituality, and discipleship today cannot be overstated.

Author Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD) is a slave of Christ, husband, father, tentmaker, writer, and speaker. He lives with Maryam, his wife of 30+ years, in Centreville, VA and they have three grown children.

Key word for this book include: Christianity, spirituality, Beatitudes, Jesus, Bible, devotion, and theology.


What people are saying …

 We live in a fallen world. It leads to life in tension, and sometimes a life full of stress. Stephen Hiemstra takes us on a needed tour of the kind of character it takes to face such a life.                                              –  Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

We don’t often think of our life as one lived in tension, but as believers that’s exactly how we live. Stephen Hiemstra’s Life in Tension takes us through the Beatitudes and provides a blueprint for Christians to navigate this tension with ourselves, with the world, and with Christ.                                                                 – Sarah Hamaker, Author

The Christian life is filled with tension, paradox, and upside down requisites for obedience to the biblical text and the clarion call of God.

– Stephen Macchia, Pierce Center for Disciple-Building

Stephen Hiemstra’s Life in Tension reminds me of Bonhoeffer’s   Cost of Discipleship, because it is an earnest, personal effort to hear and follow the voice of Jesus here and now.                                                                                    – Jonathan Jenkins, Pastor

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